Fifty ‘smart villages’ coming up in Maharashtra

From ET Realty

NAGPUR: Maharashtra government will soon transform 50 villages in the state into ‘smart villages’, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Friday.

“Maharashtra will soon develop 50 smart villages across the state. Village Harisal in Melghat region in Amravati district, which has the dubious distinction of being the malnutrition capital, will be the first one to become ‘smart village’. It will be done with the assistance of Microsoft company,” Fadnavis said here.

He was speaking while presenting the national awards for e-Governance for the Year 2015-16 at the valedictory function of 19th ‘National e-Governance Conference’.

“Development of ‘smart villages’ will bring financial prosperity to these places, besides better education and healthcare facilities. There will be enough opportunities for shopping and marketing,” he said.

In the era of technology, people’s expectations have gone up, the Chief Minister said, adding “there is a need to take fast track decisions to save the escalating cost of projects. The fast track process should avoid any human interference.”

“Governance with accountability, transparency and innovation – ‘GATI’ will lead the country to the path of development by overcoming the country’s challenges,” Fadanvis said while presenting the awards given for exemplary implementation of e-Governance initiatives.

Emphasising on transparent and efficient mechanism in administration to achieve citizen-centric service delivery, Fadnavis said, “People’s participation is essential while designing the governance system.”

He said that under Maharashtra government’s ‘Aaple Sarkar’ project, about 42 different services have been brought online. “We hope to bring 150 services for the convenience of service delivery to the citizens,” the Chief Minister added.

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